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Qualifying for the UEFA Euro 2008 finals tournament took place between August 2006 and November 2007. Fifty teams were divided into seven groups. In a double round-robin system, each team played against each of the others in their group on a home-and-away basis. The winner and runner-up of each group qualified automatically for the final tournament.

UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
Tournament details
Dates16 August 2006 – 24 November 2007
Teams50
Tournament statistics
Matches played306
Goals scored839 (2.74 per match)[note 1]
Top scorer(s)Northern Ireland David Healy (13 goals)
2004
2012

Austria and the Switzerland qualified automatically as co-hosts of the event.

Contents

Qualified teamsEdit

 
  Qualified
  Did not qualify
  Did not enter
  Not a UEFA member
Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament[A]
  Austria Co-host 12 December 2002 0 (debut)
   Switzerland Co-host 12 December 2002 2 (1996, 2004)
  Germany[B] Group D runner-up 13 October 2007 9 (1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004)
  Greece Group C winner 17 October 2007 2 (1980, 2004)
  Czech Republic[C] Group D winner 17 October 2007 6 (1960, 1976, 1980, 1996, 2000, 2004)
  Romania Group G winner 17 October 2007 3 (1984, 1996, 2000)
  Poland Group A winner 17 November 2007 0 (debut)
  Italy Group B winner 17 November 2007 6 (1968, 1980, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004)
  France Group B runner-up 17 November 2007 6 (1960, 1984, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004)
  Croatia Group E winner 17 November 2007 2 (1996, 2004)
  Spain Group F winner 17 November 2007 7 (1964, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004)
  Netherlands Group G runner-up 17 November 2007 7 (1976, 1980, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004)
  Portugal Group A runner-up 21 November 2007 4 (1984, 1996, 2000, 2004)
  Turkey Group C runner-up 21 November 2007 2 (1996, 2000)
  Russia[D] Group E runner-up 21 November 2007 8 (1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2004)
  Sweden Group F runner-up 21 November 2007 3 (1992, 2000, 2004)
  1. ^ Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year.
  2. ^ From 1972 to 1988, Germany competed as West Germany.
  3. ^ From 1960 to 1980, the Czech Republic competed as Czechoslovakia.
  4. ^ From 1960 to 1988, Russia competed as the Soviet Union, and in 1992 as CIS.

SeedingsEdit

2005 UEFA national team coefficient were used to rank the teams according to their results in both UEFA Euro 2004 and 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification. Only the group matches counted towards the coefficients, also determining which pot a national team was put in. Greece were the defending champions, thus were automatically seeded in the top pool. Portugal did not have to qualify for UEFA Euro 2004 as they hosted the tournament. So only their record in 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying was used. the same case applies for Germany that did not have to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup as hosts and uses only their record in UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying. Meanwhile, Kazakhstan had never competed in the European Championships, so only their World Cup record was used. Montenegro had not been admitted to UEFA/FIFA at the time the qualifying competition had started, and thus could not compete until the qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The draw took place on 27 January 2006 in Montreux, Switzerland.[1]

Austria (1.333) and Switzerland (1.833) were already assured of places at Euro 2008 as host nations.

Team highlighted in bold qualified to the finals.

Pot Team Coefficient rating Pot Team Coefficient rating
1   Greece[A] 1.950 5   Hungary 1.389
  Netherlands 2.550   Finland 1.300
  Portugal 2.500   Estonia 1.250
  England 2.500   Wales 1.167
  Czech Republic 2.450   Lithuania 1.111
  France 2.444   Albania 1.050
  Sweden 2.278   Iceland 0.944
2   Germany 2.250 6   Georgia 0.850
  Croatia 2.222   Macedonia 0.750
  Italy 2.222   Belarus 0.722
  Turkey 2.100   Armenia 0.700
  Poland 2.056   Northern Ireland 0.667
  Spain 2.056   Cyprus 0.667
  Romania 1.950   Moldova 0.611
3   Serbia and Montenegro 1.889 7   Liechtenstein 0.450
  Russia 1.850   Azerbaijan 0.389
  Denmark 1.850   Andorra 0.250
  Norway 1.778   Malta 0.222
  Bulgaria 1.778   Faroe Islands 0.111
  Ukraine 1.750   Kazakhstan 0.083
  Slovakia 1.650   Luxembourg 0.000
4   Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.611   San Marino 0.000
  Republic of Ireland 1.556
  Belgium 1.556
  Latvia 1.550
  Israel 1.500
  Scotland 1.500
  Slovenia 1.444
  1. ^ Greece were first seeded, as European champions

TiebreakersEdit

If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings:[2]

  1. Higher number of points obtained in the group matches played among the teams in question
  2. Superior goal difference from the group matches played among the teams in question
  3. Higher number of goals scored in the group matches played among the teams in question
  4. Higher number of goals scored away from home in the group matches played among the teams in question
  5. If, after applying criteria 1) to 4) to several teams, two or more teams still have an equal ranking, the criteria 1) to 4) will be reapplied to determine the ranking of these teams. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria 6) and 7) will apply.
  6. Results of all group matches: 1. Superior goal difference 2. Higher number of goals scored 3. Higher number of goals scored away from home 4. Fair play conduct
  7. Drawing of lots

SummaryEdit

GroupsEdit

The qualifying process started in August 2006. Austria and Switzerland were automatically granted places in the tournament finals as the host nations.

The qualifying format had been changed from the previous tournament: the respective winners and runners-up from seven groups would automatically qualify for the finals, alongside the host nations. Therefore, there were no play-offs between the runners-up of the groups. Group A contained eight teams, while the other six groups each contained seven.

As the official successor of the previous football association, Serbia inherited the position originally allotted to Serbia and Montenegro in Group A prior to the dissolution of the state union. Montenegro were granted UEFA membership after qualifying had started and thus were not able to participate in this European Championship.

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification                
1   Poland 14 8 4 2 24 12 +12 28 Qualify for final tournament 2–1 1–1 1–3 2–0 3–1 1–0 5–0
2   Portugal 14 7 6 1 24 10 +14 27 2–2 1–1 0–0 4–0 3–0 1–0 3–0
3   Serbia 14 6 6 2 22 11 +11 24 2–2 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 3–0 1–0
4   Finland 14 6 6 2 13 7 +6 24 0–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–1 1–0 2–1
5   Belgium 14 5 3 6 14 16 −2 18 0–1 1–2 3–2 0–0 0–0 3–0 3–0
6   Kazakhstan 14 2 4 8 11 21 −10 10 0–1 1–2 2–1 0–2 2–2 1–2 1–1
7   Armenia 12 2 3 7 4 13 −9 9 1–0 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 Canc.[a]
8   Azerbaijan 12 1 2 9 6 28 −22 5 1–3 0–2 1–6 1–0 0–1 1–1 Canc.[a]
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ a b The matches between Azerbaijan and Armenia were cancelled by UEFA with both associations receiving no points, as the two national associations failed to resolve political and security disagreements.[3][4]

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification              
1   Italy 12 9 2 1 22 9 +13 29 Qualify for final tournament 0–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 3–1
2   France 12 8 2 2 25 5 +20 26 3–1 0–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 5–0
3   Scotland 12 8 0 4 21 12 +9 24 1–2 1–0 3–1 3–1 2–1 6–0
4   Ukraine 12 5 2 5 18 16 +2 17 1–2 2–2 2–0 1–0 3–2 5–0
5   Lithuania 12 5 1 6 11 13 −2 16 0–2 0–1 1–2 2–0 1–0 2–1
6   Georgia 12 3 1 8 16 19 −3 10 1–3 0–3 2–0 1–1 0–2 3–1
7   Faroe Islands 12 0 0 12 4 43 −39 0 1–2 0–6 0–2 0–2 0–1 0–6
Source: UEFA

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification              
1   Greece 12 10 1 1 25 10 +15 31 Qualify for final tournament 1–4 1–0 3–2 2–1 2–0 5–0
2   Turkey 12 7 3 2 25 11 +14 24 0–1 2–2 1–0 5–0 3–0 2–0
3   Norway 12 7 2 3 27 11 +16 23 2–2 1–2 1–2 2–0 4–0 4–0
4   Bosnia and Herzegovina 12 4 1 7 16 22 −6 13 0–4 3–2 0–2 0–1 1–3 1–0
5   Moldova 12 3 3 6 12 19 −7 12 0–1 1–1 0–1 2–2 3–0 1–1
6   Hungary 12 4 0 8 11 22 −11 12 1–2 0–1 1–4 1–0 2–0 2–0
7   Malta 12 1 2 9 10 31 −21 5 0–1 2–2 1–4 2–5 2–3 2–1
Source: UEFA

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification              
1   Czech Republic 12 9 2 1 27 5 +22 29 Qualify for final tournament 1–2 1–0 3–1 2–1 1–0 7–0
2   Germany 12 8 3 1 35 7 +28 27 0–3 1–0 2–1 0–0 4–0 6–0
3   Republic of Ireland 12 4 5 3 17 14 +3 17 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 5–0
4   Slovakia 12 5 1 6 33 23 +10 16 0–3 1–4 2–2 2–5 6–1 7–0
5   Wales 12 4 3 5 18 19 −1 15 0–0 0–2 2–2 1–5 3–1 3–0
6   Cyprus 12 4 2 6 17 24 −7 14 0–2 1–1 5–2 1–3 3–1 3–0
7   San Marino 12 0 0 12 2 57 −55 0 0–3 0–13 1–2 0–5 1–2 0–1
Source: UEFA

Group EEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification              
1   Croatia 12 9 2 1 28 8 +20 29 Qualify for final tournament 0–0 2–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 7–0
2   Russia 12 7 3 2 18 7 +11 24 0–0 2–1 1–1 3–0 2–0 4–0
3   England 12 7 2 3 24 7 +17 23 2–3 3–0 3–0 0–0 3–0 5–0
4   Israel 12 7 2 3 20 12 +8 23 3–4 2–1 0–0 1–0 4–0 4–1
5   Macedonia 12 4 2 6 12 12 0 14 2–0 0–2 0–1 1–2 1–1 3–0
6   Estonia 12 2 1 9 5 21 −16 7 0–1 0–2 0–3 0–1 0–1 2–1
7   Andorra 12 0 0 12 2 42 −40 0 0–6 0–1 0–3 0–2 0–3 0–2
Source: UEFA

Group FEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification              
1   Spain 12 9 1 2 23 8 +15 28 Qualify for final tournament 3–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 4–0
2   Sweden 12 8 2 2 23 9 +14 26 2–0 1–1 0–0 2–1 5–0 3–1
3   Northern Ireland 12 6 2 4 17 14 +3 20 3–2 2–1 2–1 1–0 0–3 3–1
4   Denmark 12 6 2 4 21 11 +10 20 1–3 0–3[a] 0–0 3–1 3–0 4–0
5   Latvia 12 4 0 8 15 17 −2 12 0–2 0–1 1–0 0–2 4–0 4–1
6   Iceland 12 2 2 8 10 27 −17 8 1–1 1–2 2–1 0–2 2–4 1–1
7   Liechtenstein 12 2 1 9 9 32 −23 7 0–2 0–3 1–4 0–4 1–0 3–0
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ The Denmark v Sweden match was abandoned in the 89th minute at 3–3 following a fan attack on the referee.[5] The match was awarded as a 3–0 forfeit win to Sweden by UEFA following a hearing on 8 June 2007.[6]

Group GEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification              
1   Romania 12 9 2 1 26 7 +19 29 Qualify for final tournament 1–0 2–2 3–1 6–1 2–0 3–0
2   Netherlands 12 8 2 2 15 5 +10 26 0–0 2–0 3–0 2–1 2–0 1–0
3   Bulgaria 12 7 4 1 18 7 +11 25 1–0 1–1 2–1 0–0 3–0 3–0
4   Belarus 12 4 1 7 17 23 −6 13 1–3 2–1 0–2 2–2 4–2 0–1
5   Albania 12 2 5 5 12 18 −6 11 0–2 0–1 1–1 2–4 0–0 2–0
6   Slovenia 12 3 2 7 9 16 −7 11 1–2 0–1 0–2 1–0 0–0 2–0
7   Luxembourg 12 1 0 11 2 23 −21 3 0–2 0–1 0–1 1–2 0–3 0–3
Source: UEFA

GoalscorersEdit

There were 839 goals scored in 306 matches, for an average of 2.74 goals per match.[note 1]

13 goals

10 goals

9 goals

8 goals

7 goals

6 goals

5 goals

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

2 own goals

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g The goal tally takes into account the original result of fixtures that were subsequently forfeited, not the awarded scoreline.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Qualifying draw (UEFA).
  2. ^ "Regulations of the UEFA European Football Championship 2006/08" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  3. ^ "EXCO unveils World Cup programme". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 25 June 2007. Archived from the original on 29 June 2007. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  4. ^ "UEFA cancel Armenia v Azerbaijan Euro qualifiers". Reuters. Thomson Reuters. 23 June 2007. Archived from the original on 29 June 2007. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Denmark hearing tomorrow". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 8 June 2007. Archived from the original on 6 April 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Copenhagen contest goes to Sweden". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 8 June 2007. Archived from the original on 16 December 2007. Retrieved 9 June 2017.

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